Carpenter Ant Facts

Carpenter Ant Facts

  • Carpenter ants can go without food for six (6) months, but will eat each other to survive.
  • Many nests are found in trees outdoors. They will normally attack a dead limb first but can eventually weaken the tree and large limbs.
  • Carpenter ants are nocturnal but workers may be seen during daytime.
  • Carpenter ants wake up in the springtime and are found in kitchens and bathrooms looking for food and water. Once the flowers are blooming outside, the ants will forage outside for honeydew and other insects. Most homeowners think the ants have “gone away” but this is not the case. The annual emergence of ants indicates a nest in the home.
  • Carpenter ants do not eat wood for food; they excavate it to raise their young inside. You will find sawdust outside of a nest because the ants keep it neat and tidy.
  • Carpenter ants can be found walking across above ground wires and into your attic.
  • After treatment for carpenter ants it is common to still see ants for 3-4 weeks.
  • Ants in a nest can sometimes be heard chewing away at the wood in your wall. It sounds like the crinkling of cellophane or “Rice Krispies”.

 

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